Digital Twins – What are they, why do we need them and if you want one, how do you get started?

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Many thanks to all those that tuned into our webinar on Digital Twins on 20th May 2020. For those that missed it, we have published all the videos from the event on the School of Built Environment, Engineering and Computing YouTube channel at the links below.

These videos should help answer some of the above questions but do keep checking our blog for our follow up thought pieces on the issues raised.

BIM and Digital Update – Duncan Reed, Chair of thinkBIM and Trimble

The National Digital Twin Programme – Mark Enzer, Centre for Digital Built Britain

Don’t get triggered by Digital Twins – John Adams, Glider BIM

The importance of knowing why? – Vicki Reynolds, i3PT Certification

The value of being fashionably late – George Mokhtar, Turner and Townsend

Online Q & A with our speakers – Chaired by Duncan Reed, Chair of thinkBIM

Challenging Digital Twins – Pre-recorded interview with Maria Villanueva, Jacobs Engineering

Twitter Stream

If you want to read the tweets from the afternoon these have been collated at following link. https://wakelet.com/wake/dC-3Ze-nJ6YUbiRFvl72W

For more videos like this, please subscribe to the School of Built Environment, Engineering and Computing You Tube channel.

With thanks to our event sponsors GliderBIM
and our network sponsors Trimble

thinkBIM is going online! Join our webinar on “Digital Twins” on 20th May 2020

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Webinar

Wednesday 20th May 2020 | 13:00 to 16:00

Digital Twins

The term Digital Twin, whilst it has only become a popular term in the last couple of years has already earned itself the divisive status that BIM had previously held. So what do we really mean by the term Digital Twin?

Why do we need them?

Who is going to benefit?

And if you want one, how do you get started?

These, and other important questions around the next step in the digitalisation of the whole of the built environment will be addressed by our fantastic line up of speakers for our Summer Online Conference on 20th May 2020.

Mark Enzer, Digital Director, Centre for Digital Built Britain

John Adams, Digital Construction Strategist, Glider Technology

Vicki Reynolds, Head of Digital, i3PT Certification

George Mokhtar, Strategic Director, Digital Advisory, Turner & Townsend

Marina Villanueva, Technical Director Digital Engineering, Built Environment, Jacobs

Brought to you by our event sponsors Glider Technology.

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Mobile Digital

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Wednesday 4th March 2020

Squire Patton Boggs, 6 Wellington Place, Leeds | 13:00 to 17:00, registration and lunch from 12:00

Thanks to our generous sponsors, Viewpoint, we are pleased to be able to offer this as a FREE event!

As computing power increases exponentially and the size of hardware devices reduce there has never been a better time for the construction industry to embrace mobile technology. Having that single source of truth at your finger-tips. But it’s not just about video conferencing or access to all your documents via mobile devices, mobile digital covers a huge market of products and opportunities. Come and join us at thinkBIM as we lift the lid on this rapidly growing sector of the market.

Ben Jowett, BIM Manager, Wates Group

Digital Field Tools
Mobile Digital Technologies are increasingly recognised for their role in improving task management efficiency whilst enhancing collaboration and integration between project teams on construction sites. However, with a wide range of available solutions it can be difficult to determine the best tool for an organisation’s requirements. Ben will provide an overview of some of the tools and processes being practically applied by Wates on construction sites.

Stuart Young, Consultant at COMIT Projects Ltd

Productivity gains through Innovation

While many businesses are still just getting started adopting mobile technology on their projects COMIT – the Construction, Operation & Maintenance through Innovative Technology group have been blazing a trail in this area for over 17 years. In his role at COMIT Projects Ltd Stuart will provide a fascinating insight into what is being used and developed for the built asset market – so don’t just think tablets or smartphones – Stuart will be discussing sensors, wearable technologies, drones and more!

Returning to thinkBIM – Pecha Kucha presentations

Our Spring conference will see the return of this fun and frantic format – 20 slides in just over 6 minutes that auto advance whether you are ready or not! If there is a BIM subject you are burning to share this is your opportunity; sign up to present when you register!!

+ Our popular roundtable discussion groups

+ BIM / Digital Update from thinkBIM Chair, Duncan Reed

+ Networking with a Buffet Lunch

Digital Manufacturing: thinkBIM half day Conference with Berkeley Modular, McAvoy Group and Cobuilder

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Wednesday 4th December 2019

Squire Patton Boggs, 6 Wellington Place, Leeds

13:00 to 17:00, registration and lunch from 12:00

Thanks to our generous sponsors, Cobuilder, we are pleased to be able to offer this as a FREE event!

ABOUT

It’s over two years now since the Government announced their presumption in favour of offsite manufacturing but has the industry really moved towards a manufacturing approach, let alone a digital manufacturing approach? Here at thinkBIM we believe that digital offsite manufacturing has come of age and are pleased to bring you some great speakers who are making digital the way they work.

The Berkeley Modular Digital Journey: The benefits of a Single source of Data provided by the manufacturer

Learn how Berkeley Modular transitioned to managing structured, interoperable product data through the implementation of a digital data strategy supported by our event sponsors for this conference, Cobuilder and Berkeley’s. James Smith, Technical Director at Majenta Solutions will be presenting on this successful collaboration of offsite and technology.

Lorraine McMorrow, McAvoy Group: How to Digitise Offsite Construction – Create, Interrogate and Construct

The McAvoy Group – recently awarded BIM Contractor of the Year – has pioneered the use of digital technology in the design, manufacture and installation of its offsite building projects for a number of years. They see tremendous synergy between offsite construction with its speed and quality benefits – and the latest digital techniques, which can radically improve the way we design and produce new buildings.

+ BIM / Digital Update from thinkBIM Chair, Duncan Reed

+ Our popular roundtable discussion groups

Networking over a Buffet Lunch

PROGRAMME

thinkBIM Programme – 4th December 2019

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Save the Date – 2019/2020 thinkBIM Conferences

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We are pleased to be able to share with you the dates for the next five thinkBIM Conferences. We have some great topics lined-up including #manufacturing, #DigitalTwin, AI/Mobile + much more!  Running for over six years now, thinkBIM conferences blend presentations from key speakers in the digital construction field with panel debates, round table discussions, networking and often a little something different for the final session. Many of our presenters have gone on to be leaders in the BIM/Digital field at their respective organisations as well as sitting on national and international forums and advisory groups. 

Key dates for 2019/2020 are as follows;

Wednesday 4th December 2019
Wednesday 4th March 2020
Wednesday 20th May 2020
Wednesday 30th September 2020
Wednesday 2nd December 2020

Details of the individual conferences to follow.

If you would like to receive information about any or all of these events, make sure you are signed up to the Centre for Knowledge Exchange newsletter here. Once you have registered you have the option to choose the networks and specific industry areas you are interested in hearing about.

We look forward to seeing you at a future BIM event!

 

Digital Skills Conference : thinkBIM Autumn 2019

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**SOLD OUT – Apologies but this conference is now full. If you have any questions, please email ckeevents@leedsbeckett.ac.uk**

Joining us we have Erol Erturan, Managing Director of Adept Engineers who has built his entire business on the basis of delivering schemes digitally. Erol is a passionate advocate for technology and Adept were the 2019 Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humberside Digital Construction Award winner.

David Owens, Senior Consultant for Digital Transformation at Costain Group PLC will be sharing his experience and learning, both within Costain and their supply chain, and also from his secondment period with Highways England where he helped this organisation develop their own digital strategy.

We are also pleased to announce the full line up of round tables and topics:-

  • Melanie Robinson, Edinburgh Napier University; Can we bridge the gap between BIM rhetoric and BIM reality with digital skills?
  • Dai Evans, Fuse Studios; Teaching Digital Skills
  • Liam Clarke, Freeform 4D; Delivering Digital 4D – what are the skills needed to get the benefits?
  • Mark Stodgell, PCSG – Digital transformation, digitisation and the alleged generational divide

YORhub at thinkBIM

We are pleased to announce that this conference will be the first where we will get feedback from Leeds Beckett students. For the first time students conducted research using live YORhub projects and supply chain members. Come and support our students and hear their findings!

Wednesday 2nd October 2019

Squire Patton Boggs, 6 Wellington Place, Leeds

13:00 to 17:00, registration and lunch from 12:00

 

“The benefits of Open Data” half day conference – Wednesday 13th March 2019

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Spring Half-Day Conference 13th March 2019
The benefits of Open Data
Squire Patton Boggs, 6 Wellington Place, Leeds
13:00 to 17:00, registration and lunch from 12:00

Lonely BIM is just the start; sharing the data – recycling it – is probably the most fundamental reason for working digitally. But how do you determine what data to share and how? What are the implications and the advantages to collaborative workflows?

KEYNOTES

Adrian Malone
Head of Digital Project Delivery and BIM for Transport & Infrastructure at WSP in the UK

Adrian has over 20 years’ experience in the construction sector and has held roles in information and knowledge management, Building Information Modelling (BIM) and digital innovation.

He is a passionate advocate for innovation and digital transformation and we are looking forward to return to thinkBIM to speak about his most recent work in the digitisation of the transport and infrastructure sector.

Chris Dymond
Director, Unfolding.co.uk – Digital Capacity Building Workshops

Chris is a tech industry veteran and co-founder of Sheffield Digital, the association for the people and businesses of Sheffield’s digital industries, as well as being a digital master-planning consultant, and educator.

While not an expert in BIM specifically, Chris is engaged with the question of how places produce, manage and utilise their data, what purposes it is being put to, how citizens can share in the process, what the ethical considerations are and the connections between BIM and open data.

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS

Adrian Malone will be expanding on his customer and human centric vision for digital transport infrastructure; asking how using digital tools and open data can help to gain a richer insight into end user’s needs.

Chris Dymond Co-founder of Digital Sheffield will be helping us to get a non BIM view of people and places produce, manage, utilise and share data. How can these data sets be used to determine the future needs of a data smart city?

Justine Gray and Mike Goodall (pictured above, middle and far left) from OOBE Ltd will be discussing the benefits and challenges of getting BIM working in landscape designs

Matt Blackwell (pictured far right on the right) from Costain will be looking at how open data sets can be used to help customers inform their decision making processes.

THE FINAL SESSION

Dan Hamilton, Professional Services Consultant at Trimble Civil Engineering and Construction will be providing the content for this conference’s infamous 4:00 pm spot. Dan will be showcasing the latest technology for machine control.

+ BIM / Digital Update from thinkBIM Chair, Duncan Reed

+ Networking with a Buffet Lunch

CLICK HERE TO BOOK (redirects to Leeds Beckett University online store)

£50 per delegate per conference *. This price includes all activities with lunch and refreshments.

*These events are FREE to members of the Yorkshire and Humber Constructing Excellence Club. Please email yhceclub@gmail.com to secure your place.

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Vacancy: Research Officer (Machine Learning)

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Research Officer (Machine Learning)

Job reference: BEE308261A
Date posted: 28/11/2018
Application closing date: 02/01/2019
Location: School of Built Environment and Engineering, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds
Salary: Grade 5 £29,515 – £33,199
Duration: Fixed Term – 24 Months

This is an exciting opportunity to join a multi-disciplinary and applied research team on a project that involves the development of a software plug-in tool with a view to automating building information modelling and standardization, as well as leveraging historic data in construction projects. The postholder will join a team of academic investigators and collaborating industry partners to apply their knowledge of machine learning, advanced optimisation and software development to address real-life challenges in Architectural, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industries.The position will require a mix of strong technical skills and solid domain knowledge in the area of machine learning-enabled application development. It is essential that the successful candidate demonstrates live examples of their projects that involved the use of machine learning and culminated into the development of a standalone software or a plug-in system. You will either have a relevant master’s degree or an honour’s degree with substantial experience and certifications in Machine Learning and software development.

You will join the School of the Built Environment and Engineering based at our City Campus and support our efforts in addressing real-life productivity challenges within the AEC industries through our cutting-edge and applied research. There are extensive and excellent specialist facilities located in a setting which offers many additional amenities for our students and staff. You will be working in a truly supportive environment, which offers various opportunities for professional development.

To arrange an informal discussion about this post, please contact Dr Saheed Ajayi at S.Ajayi@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

Working here means you’ll also have access to a wide range of benefits including our generous pension schemes, excellent holiday entitlements, flexible working, reduced study fees, subsidised fitness facilities and a lot more.

Please note that all posts close at midnight and the job description and employee specification will no longer be available after the closing date so please download or print now! You will also not be able to edit or submit a part-completed application form after the closing date.

We welcome applications from all individuals and particularly from black and minority ethnic candidates as members of these groups are currently under-represented at this level of post. All appointments will be based on merit.

A day at the YORhub Client Conference

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by thinkBIM Chair, Duncan Reed.

Thursday 15th November saw the first YORhub Client conference take place at Aspire in Leeds. thinkBIM were represented through Liz and Donna on a Leeds Beckett University School of the Built Environment and Engineering stand while I was supporting Adam Holmes, Interim Design Manager from East Riding of Yorkshire Council (and long-time thinkBIM supporter) in a workshop session titled “The benefits to clients in using BIM and Soft Landings”

Firstly a massive thank you needs to go out to the team at YORhub for getting over 100 clients in one room to talk about important topics such as the National Construction Procurement Strategy for local government, lessons to be learned from the Grenfell disaster, the fallout from Carillion, delivering social value through procurement, NEC vs JCT contracts and of course BIM.

 

OIRs, AIRs, AIMs, EIRs, BEPs? The world of BIM is still a confusing place without a huge amount of consensus. So how do you get started a clients, designer, contractor or supply chain partners to understand what is really needed?

Because of this Adam and I focussed our breakout session on the drivers for working digitally, for “doing BIM”, and how this can be translated to useful processes that deliver value for YORhub members. We wanted delegates to understand the strategic need to define digital deliverables and how these can be expressed in a non-technical way to both construction and non-construction professionals alike to add value throughout the lifecycle of an asset.

Helpfully the UK BIM Alliance has recently published a great guide for Clients to help them to ‘go digital’ see link http://www.ukbimalliance.org/news-and-events/articles/going-digital/

In addition to discussing (and recommending) this guide our session focussed primarily on just Figure 4 from PAS1192-3:2014.

I’ve always thought this is a really important diagram by putting the wider needs of a business in the context of digital processes. But equally though that some of the terms that are used feel like construction terminology that probably means nothing to business leaders. Yet these same business leaders will probably be doing all of this already, just using different terms.

So our session focussed on helping the delegates understand what OIRs, AIRs and EIRs might actually be, how they are probably defining them already and so how to match existing business processes to the drivers of BIM.

First up was OIRs – basically I believe that this is actually not much different to a business’s mission statement; that paragraph on the home page on your website that sums up what you do, your values and how you do it. When you think about it this way it starts to become easier to see where an Organisations Requirements start to relate to Information that define their assets. In less than 10 minutes in each session we came up with these great answers for OIRs

  • World Class Teaching (our examples from the room were both new developments at Universities)
  • The number of students the University wants to attract
  • The subjects they want to offer – improved existing and new
  • Carbon Targets
  • Environmental Targets
  • Sustainability
  • Asset Value, accounting requirements
  • Statutory information

From this it then became easier to start to develop Asset Information Requirements. Examples that were generated by the delegates were

  • The Number of Properties needed
  • Occupation Levels required, Uses
  • Accommodation Schedule and Room Area requirements
  • BREEAM
  • Lifespan Requirements, Targets (or Reality)
  • Specific Data Requirements such as room numbering
  • FM / Maintenance Statutory Information needed
  • IT Provision for the asset

We discussed the use of performance specifications to drive value or where specified products may be a preferred option for a client instead. But overall the AIRs should take business goals and make then something tangible for a specific asset.

We debated whether Plain Language Questions actually come from the AIRs rather than being another feed into the EIRs. However if you consider a Plain Language Question is a question asked in a language you (the person or organisation raising the question) understands then we came to the conclusion that these questions are the results of Stakeholder Engagement and End User requirements. These parties should be free to ask their questions in a way that makes sense to them and it is the construction teams role to turn those into the more technical requirements defined in the EIRs.

Overall I found both sessions really interesting; it was great to have client focussed conversations with an engaged group of clients. Going through Figure 4 in some detail helps everyone to understand what information is needed when and why which helps to demystify the whole process. We heard that YORhub is looking to set up a Client Group and for me this can only be a good thing. Here at thinkBIM we will be very keen to support this group to help and advise them on how they might practically adopt appropriate digital processes on their projects and asset portfolios.

 

Living in a Digital World – December Half Day Conference in Leeds

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Wednesday 5th December 2018

Half-Day Conference (12:00 registration and lunch, 13:00 to 17:00)

Squire Patton Boggs, Leeds

ABOUT

As part of our continued drive to provide a platform for the BIM4Communities (the various groups of advocates promoting BIM adoption across different AEC industry specialists),  we are very pleased to announce our December conference will be delivered in conjunction with the BIM4Housing group and will feature examples of best practice in digitisation in relation to the residential and housing sectors.

The housing market has been making great strides in digital adoption and with the demand for housing continuing to rise it is only right that we showcase the best in class in this sector.

BIM4Housing is a cross-industry group open to all organisations involved in the design, construction, management and delivery of housing, both private and affordable. Membership of BIM4Housing is reflective of the sector, involving clients, contractors, consultants, suppliers, subcontractors and other interested bodies.

KEYNOTES

Richard Whittaker, WM Housing
Richard brings a wealth of knowledge as the Director of Development at WM Housing.
As a social housing client he is a fantastic advocate for the digitisation of assets; gaining benefits from accurate design and material schedules, reduced up front design costs, accurately modelling the life of a building, benefits in terms of design repetition, quick and efficient changes at planning stage and a much more detailed interactive view of the plans at consultation stage.

Anne Kemp, Director at Atkins for BIM Strategy and Development and chair of the UK BIM Alliance
Anne is the convenor of the ISO19650 Committee who has taken the UK standards for BIM Level 2, BS1192:2007+A2:2016 and PAS1192-2:2013, through to the International ISO standard that the world will adopt. Hear first-hand what the differences are between these documents and how the move to ISO can help UK construction businesses to benefit both in the UK and abroad.

ROUNDTABLE SESSIONS

One of the things that our delegates like best about our events are the round table sessions. These present a real opportunity for greater discussion, understanding and learning and this conference’s sessions are looking as good as ever.

Pete Hughes, Whittam Cox Architects . In his round table Pete will be discussing why do BIM on residential schemes, how to execute a successful digital project and what might be the biggest game-changers with regards to BIM technology over the next 5 years?

Adam Holmes, Interim Design Manager at East Riding Council. Adam will focus on how to engage clients to talk about digital processes in a language they understand, demystifying OIRs, AIRs, and EIRs into digital requirements defined using Plain Language Questions.

Richard Whitaker, WM Housing. His round table will look at how to gain benefits from accurate design and material schedules, reducing up front design costs, accurately modelling the life of a building, the benefits in terms of design repetition, quick and efficient changes at planning stage and a much more detailed interactive view of the plans at consultation stage

INZENKA. We are pleased to announce our fourth round table which will be focusing on the technology being developed to automate the tracking of offsite manufactured goods and materials. With the Government stating that offsite manufacturing will be the presumed method of delivery for their schemes by 2019 it will be imperative that the construction industry learns how to operate as manufacturers. Fujitsu GlobeRanger is an IoT solution that provides real-time connectivity across on- and off-site construction facilities to manage to the production, construction and post-build facilities management of prefabricated material.

 

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE KEYNOTE

For our final session, we will be welcoming back a School of Built Environment and Engineering alumnus and one of the early adopters of BIM, Philippe Laurent de Senneville, to deliver an International Keynote from Doha. Now working as Sub Progamme Manager for Faithful+Gould, Laurent will be presenting on Collaborative Procurement Strategies.

 

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES

+ Networking Lunch

+ BIM / Digital Update from Conference and thinkBIM Chair, Duncan Reed.

+ The “Infamous” final session

BOOKING

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£50 per delegate or FREE to Yorkshire and Humber Constructing Excellence Club members. Club members should email Carole at yhceclub@gmail.com to secure your place.

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